The Benghazi affair, actually scandal / The Patraeus affair and affairs / What’s important and What’s Not (like lies if you’re a democrat!); Fast and Furious Middle-East edition?; Post-election race baiting and sexist claims now infecting national security; Susan Rice, Flop at the UN, dishonest on Benghazi, No good for promotion; Obama admin/DOJ/Pentagon/Cabinets=Culture of Corruption

Posted on November 18, 2012

McCain on Benghazi: Yeah, I’ve Got a Pretty Good Idea Why Obama Would Mislead the American Public

McCain on Benghazi: Yeah, I've Got a Pretty Good Idea Why Obama Would Mislead the American Public

Obama’s Foreign Policy: Flawed Policy, Failed People

Obama’s Foreign Policy: Flawed Policy, Failed People

Now that obstinance is extending itself to foreign affairs, where the president has become intransigent on objections to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice succeeding Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

The Obama Administration’s Foreign Policy Failure
CFIF’s Renee Giachino discusses how the events in the Middle East in recent months show just how naïve, ineffective and downright dangerous the administration’s foreign…[more]

Who Is Responsible for Benghazi?

by Roger L Simon

We should also be grilling the Obama 2012 campaign, especially David Axelrod.

More Hot Air From White House and Eric Holder

by David Truman

Claims that FBI protocol kept the White House from being informed about the Petraeus affair are demonstrably false.

New Report: President Knew the Truth About Benghazi

by Rick Moran

The President’s Daily Brief called the attack terrorism within 72 hours.

Benghazi and Willful Sharia Blindness

by Andrew G. Bostom

A failure to recognize the motives of sharia supporters left the U.S. caught off-guard by a terror attack. Again.

President Obama, Washington Press Corps Gather for a Game of Slow Pitch Softball

by Bryan Preston – Opposition to an ambassador who lied on behalf of the White House is now “outrageous.”

DANA MILBANK:  “Obama’s over-the-top defense of Rice was surprising, particularly in contrast to the president’s relative indifference in accepting the resignation of CIA chief David Petraeus, one of the most capable public servants. And it was disappointing, because McCain, even if wrong on the particulars, is right about Rice. She is ill-equipped to be the nation’s top diplomat for reasons that have little to do with Libya.” …

President Obama Plays The Susan Rice Card On Benghazi

Posted 11/15/2012 IBD EDITORIAL …Either way, she’s unqualified to be secretary of state or even remain as U.N. ambassador.

McCain: ‘I Take on Things When I Think They’re Wrong’

Thu, November 15, 2012 The Hill, NBC  Dateline:Washington, DC

Sen. John McCain challenges Susan Rice’s handling of Benghazi.

Top House Intelligence Dem: Whether Rice Lied ‘Not an Issue’

PjMedia By Bridget JohnsonNovember 15, 2012 – 12:51 pm

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said whether or not U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice lied about Benghazi is “not an issue.”

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) told CNN before this morning’s closed-door hearings, at which Rice was not a witness, “to get more questions answered about this whole situation, Benghazi and some of the issues involving General Petraeus.”

In addition to getting these hearings under way, though, Democrats were also defending Rice from the vow of Republicans such as Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) that they would block any nomination she might receive for the secretary of State position.

At issue is the string of appearances Rice made on the Sunday news shows five days after the Sept. 11 attack, blaming an anti-Muhammad video for the assault.

That threat from lawmakers invoked the most impassioned response on any issue from President Obama at his press conference yesterday.

“Information Rice received, she received from the administration. That information is what she knew at that time,” Ruppersberger said.

“Whether or not she knew other information and whether or not she told the truth, that is not an issue here. So I think the president made a comment about that yesterday that she received information from his administration and that’s what she went forward with,” he said. “That is one of the issues and one of the concerns we had because we, on the Intelligence Committee, received the same information initially. Since the interviews and the meetings we had yesterday, a lot of that is being cleared up.”

Ruppersberger wouldn’t say whether he would support a Rice nomination.

“I’m the ranking member on the Intelligence Committee. I don’t vote on that. As far as I know, she’s doing a good job. That’s up to the president whether he’s going to nominate her. That’s up to the senators on what information comes out about her, about her conduct and about her job,” he said.

If he had an opinion, the congressman said, “I’m not going to give it.”

“I don’t think it’s relevant at this point,” Ruppersberger said. “I’m focused on Benghazi and I’m focused on the investigation, where it’s going to go, and national security. So at this point that’s not where my focus is going to be.”

Was Obama briefed that Benghazi was a terror attack before Rice went on TV?

Nov 17, 2012 11:31 AM by Ed Morrissey

What did he know, and when did he know it?

President Obama and GEN (ret) Petraeus – Conspiracy Theory or Occam’s Razor

Posted By Blackfive •   [November 14, 2012]

I don’t have any reason to think that there are any national security issues at stake in what has transpired.” – referring to the Petraeus affair scandal, Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader (and either a liar or completely absent of rationale thought)…

“What Unmitigated Gall For These Men To Attack…Susan Rice”

A loud mouth spouts off and her cohorts take joy in it, laughing and smiling. This is nothing more than pure ignorance, hypocrisy and a continuation of Obama/Democrat Establishment/Leftist agenda race baiting. [By the way, Rice is not permanent, no one is in our government, and you just wait to see how that white guy John Kerry will face far worse criticisms than Rice is should Obama go forward with appointing him to a Cabinet post as has been suggested]

  • Fri, November 16,      2012 Dateline:Washington, DC

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) and fellow women House Democrats are outraged at Republicans for daring to…criticize a woman? (criticize a black woman?)

jfairbanks Wrote: 16 hours ago (5:42 PM) – Wait …these were the women who also came out in outrage against the attacks on Sarah Palin, Mia Love, Michelle Bachmann….or did I miss that press conference…?

Linda1357 Wrote: 16 hours ago (5:20 PM) – We fought for equal rights and equal pay, we burned our bra’s in protest. Now our job performance can’t be criticized by men because were women? Sure, equality is fine as long as we can keep our protected status as the feminine sex. Hey guys, you still need to open our doors, and stand when we enter the room, pull out our chairs when we sit but you damn well better not deny us our reproductive and financial equality. (sarcasm intended) These ‘women’ make me sick!

Bad news: Turns out it’s sexist and racist to criticize Susan Rice for giving bad information to the public


{Then of course, there was all that racism against Condaleeza Rice too, right?}

Victim Card Pulled: “Picking On” Susan Rice is Sexist Katie Pavlich

Dems Bite Back on Benghazi

by Bridget Johnson – Apparently it took a grain of Rice to get them making allegations of McCarthyism.

Obama’s Ridiculous Damsel in Distress Act Signals a Nasty Second Term

by Bryan Preston – Brave knights don’t usually put the damsel in distress to fake their rescue.

House GOP Effort to Oppose Rice Nomination Gathers Steam

by Bridget Johnson – Letter currently being circulated, obtained by PJM, says Rice gives “reason to question U.S. commitment and credibility when needed.”

SUSAN RICE, ABANDONED BY DANA MILBANK, AND NOW BY MAUREEN DOWD:“Rice should have been wary of a White House staff with a tendency to gild the lily, with her pal Valerie Jarrett and other staffers zealous about casting the president in a more flattering light, like national security officials filigreeing the story of the raid on Osama to say Bin Laden fought back. . . .  An Africa expert, Rice should have realized that when a gang showed up with R.P.G.’s and mortars in a place known as a hotbed of Qaeda sympathizers and Islamic extremist training camps, it was not anger over a movie. She should have been savvy enough to wonder why the wily Hillary was avoiding the talk shows.”

Yes, she could have figured that out just by reading the New York Times on September 12, a story that surely came from inside national-security sources. Posted at 9:10 pm by Glenn Reynolds

UPDATE:  Obama And The Gingerbread Man.

ANOTHER UPDATE:  “Lindsey Graham was on fire on ‘Meet the Press’ today.  About the Benghazi attack and the statements various people made about it.”

MORE:  Harry Reid:  Don’t Expect Any Senate Investigation.

Susan Rice has been a Flop at the United Nations

by Bryan Preston Bio November 15, 2012 – 2:33 pm
There may be no more damning statement to be made about an American representative at the UN, than that person is popular with the UN that is rife with anti-Americanism. Susan Rice, the Obama government’s ambassador to the UN, has been popular there, largely because she has been ineffective, according to Richard Grenell.

Rice has been consistently silent on other important issues and ineffective when she does engage. She skipped Security Council meetings when Israel needed defending and even failed to show up for the emergency session on the Gaza Flotilla incident.

Rice didn’t even show up for the first two emergency Security Council meetings on the unfolding Arab Spring revolution last year.  Rice stayed silent when Iran was elected to the U.N. women’s committee, she didn’t call out Libya when it was elected to the Human Rights Council, she was absent from the Haiti crisis meeting and was a no-show for the last open meeting scheduled before the planned UN vote to recognize Palestinian statehood.  When she actually does show up, she is a miserable failure.

Take the crucial issue of Iran.  Rice spent the last several years undermining and grumbling about the Bush administration’s increasingly tough measures but has only been able to pass one resolution of her own – compared with the Bush team’s five.

Rice’s one and only Iran resolution was almost 30 months ago.  And it passed with just 12 votes of support – the least support we have ever seen for a Security Council sanctions resolution on Iran.  In fact, Rice lost more support with her one resolution than the previous five Iran resolutions combined.  She may claim she has repaired relationships with other countries but the evidence shows she’s gotten less support than the team she ridicules.

This record of failing to effectively represent the United States is exactly why President Obama wants to promote her to the top of the State Department.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001.  Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

Ann-Marie Murrell:How the Mainstream Media Finally Drove Me Mad

Ann-Marie MurrellI’ve known for years that the mainstream media news was not only dead but had never really existed other than as a political tool for the progressive agenda.  Still, I had hopes that a story as huge as Benghazi would cut across political lines and get the attention it deserved.

Mike Reagan on Benghazi: Media Needs to Focus on Deaths, Not Affairs

Republican strategist Michael Reagan complains to Newsmax that there has been more focus on the David Petraeus sex scandal than on the administration s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi that cost the lives of four Americans. The elder son of President Ronald…… [Full Story]

Gaffney: Obama Arms Policy Fueled Benghazi Attack

Rachel Alexander:Benghazi Betrayal May be a Cover-Up of American Weapons in Hands of Terrorists

In a scandal looking more and more like Fast and Furious, information is coming out revealing what may be the real reason why the Obama administration refused to provide military support to save Americans in Benghazi.

Trevor Loudon: The Real Obama Agenda – Destroying the US Military:80,000 Views So Far80,000 Views So Far
October 19, 2012 – 12:09 pm EST

I recorded this video a month ago. It is my message to America. In it, I attempt to explain the global implications of a second Obama presidential terms This election was the most crucial in modern American history. It was not primarily about jobs and economics, it is about national security and, to be blunt, […]

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What’s Really Behind the Sudden Scandals with High-Ranking Generals?

Sex and the Generals

The Current Crisis R. Emmett  Tyrrell, Jr. 11.15.12  Beyond the sexapades there is something deadly serious going on.

Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom

Ben  Stein 11.14.12 The Petraeus/Holder/Obama super scandal just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Top Dem Fundraiser Gave Jill Kelly’s Twin Sister Mysterious $300,000 ‘Personal Loan’, Sister Also Claims Ties To John Kerry
3 days ago Pat Dollard

Excerpted from The New York Post: Allen,

Intel officials unable to say who changed CIA talking points on Libya, lawmaker says

Published November 16, 2012

Former CIA Director David Petraeus stoked the controversy over the Obama administration’s handling of the Libya terror attack, testifying Friday that references to “Al Qaeda involvement” were stripped from his agency’s original talking points — while other intelligence officials were unable to say who changed the memo, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News that intelligence officials who testified in a closed-door hearing a day earlier, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Acting CIA Director Mike Morell, said they did not know who changed the talking points. He said they went out to multiple departments, including the State Department, National Security Council, Justice Department and White House.

“To me the question right now is who changed those talking points and why. … I’d say it was somebody in the administration had to have taken it out,” King told Fox News. “That, to me, has to be pursued.”

‘Breathtaking’ dishonesty and arrogance in Benghazi scandal

Overview of Obama administration’s changing statements on Libya
Report: Petraeus’ last days at CIA were contentious

Questions mount over public revelation of Petraeus scandal

Did Petraeus change his story on Libya attack?

Silencing General Petraeus

Fla. Socialite’s Emails Reveal She Visited WH ‘Days Before Scandal Broke’

FBI agent under review for conduct in Petraeus scandal is counterterrorism veteran
The American heroes who died in Benghazi deserve better

Will Petraeus Set the Record Straight?

by Richard Fernandez

If he does testify that he knew the attack on the Benghazi consulate was terrorism “almost immediately,” he will inescapably be alleging under oath that the president was a liar.

Obama Gave Petraeus And Wife Big Government Salaries

IBD Posted 11/15/2012 06:54 PM ET

Power: President Obama calls government spending “investments.” But Obama had taxpayers invest not just in harebrained green energy schemes, but in those who might hurt him — like David and Holly Petraeus.

The late British Stalinist journalist Claud Cockburn is given credit for quipping, “Never underestimate the effectiveness of a straight cash bribe.” How much more so when the money comes from the taxpayers’ bottomless pockets?

On top of the scandal forcing military genius David Petraeus to resign as CIA director, and in which Afghan forces commanding Gen. John Allen, USMC, is in trouble for e-mail exchanges with a Tampa socialite, comes a third four-star general’s troubles.

Gen. William “Kip” Ward, former head of the U.S. Africa Command, was demoted to three stars this week after a 17-month investigation discovered “lengthy stays at lavish hotels for Ward, his wife and his staff members” billed to the government.

In our quite-proper admiration for those at the highest ranks of the armed forces, we may have forgotten that some brave men and women dressed in green can be as tempted and manipulated by greenbacks as anyone else.

What are we to make, therefore, of this fact? On top of Gen. Petraeus’ sizable government salary, CNSNews reports that since last year his wife Holly, the victim of Petraeus’ alleged affair with author Paula Broadwell, has been enjoying a $187,605 salary as an assistant director within the Dodd-Frank law’s new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Obama has made sure the Petraeuses were well within the top 1% (courtesy of the 99%, of course), with a combined government-provided annual income not too far from $400,000.

The CFPB, which is expected to destroy thousands of small banks, is funded by the Federal Reserve, so Congress has no oversight over it. Indeed, Mrs. Petraeus’ post is not subject to Senate confirmation.

It may be months before the public knows what Gen. Petraeus knows about Bengazi, but when a president “invests” so much money in both you and your wife, where is your loyalty likely to go? To the truth or your powerful patron?

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